Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, has advised that traditional rulers in Nigeria should be given constitutional roles to protect their traditional institutions.
This reaction comes after the Kano State House of Assembly passed a bill curtailing the powers of the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II and the bill was signed by Governor Umaru Ganduje.
Shehu Sani is of the belief that traditional rulers are being controlled by politicians as a result of non-institutionalization of their powers in the constitution.
He also pointed out that traditional rulers are compelled to campaign for politicians during election or face the consequence of being ejected from their thrones.
“During elections,Traditional rulers are compelled and blackmailed by their states Governors to either campaign for the ruling party in their states or risk ejection or persecution.Without constitutional roles & protection,they will continue to be vulnerable to abuse of power.”
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